I read, constantly. Since I don’t want to bore the world, one book review at a time, I started writing them up the way I read them, in short stacks of four…
3. Inferno – I was recommended this book by a friend & I loved it! Another Dan Brown intellectual thriller – this one was based on Dante’s Inferno. I found it particularly engaging since I reread Inferno last year, after reading a fan theory that Dante’s levels of hell are used to contextualize seasons of American Horror Story. Another reason this book hit the mark is my recent obsession with The Handmaid’s Tale. I fell in love with the book when I read it in anticipation of the Hulu series (which has been excellent). Actually I just downloaded the new full production unabridged audio of it from Audible so I can have another version… Anyway the tie-in is that in Inferno is set in the present day, and they are trying to stop the release of a super virus that will render a large portion of the world population sterile. The Handmaid’s Tale is set in a near future where that exact plague has happened. It shows a society where religion has twisted the science of what happened and used it against women to strip them of all their rights, treat them differently based on their fertility, and to abuse them in horrific ways. Goals: need to find the movie version Inferno to stream it & reread The Handmaid’s Tale right after it.
4. Ponzi Souernova – Audible has been advertising this to me for a while. I must admit, I wasn’t that interested in it until I saw the trailer for Wizard of Lies. OMG – so glad I listened to this!!! Recorded in a podcast format (reminiscent of Serial – season 1, not season 2 – which means REALLY GOOD), this audiobook contained phone interviews with Madoff and associates that will leave you shaking your head at what they got away with for so long. Best part – it’s FREE for members. So click on the link, it literally won’t cost you anything.
Stay tuned for my next review. My next Short Stack will include: Sleep Donation by Karen Russel; Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple; Greyhound by Steffan Piper; and Love Is a Mix Tape: Life and Love, One Song at a Time by Rob Sheffield.